Last Guard: Psy-Changeling Trinity Series, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh returns to a world devastated by change in her award-winning Psy-Changeling Trinity series.
In a destabilized world with countless lives at stake, two people defined by their aloneness must stand together to stave off ultimate destruction.
Contains mature themes.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 52 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||July 20, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,567 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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This time around we focus on two Psy. The Psy are emotionless beings, but with silence gone some are waking up. I’m not a big fan of the Psy; because of this emotionless state, but this time around I enjoyed diving more into the Psy world. The author introduces use to a new designation, the anchors, which are a unique designation. We know nothing about them, but we get to explore that aspect and learning more about the virus that is affecting the Psy net.
The romance is a slow build, as expected, but it burns bright. I enjoyed Payal and Canto’s budding relationship. They were cute together even while still having spines of steel.
One of the things I really enjoyed in this installment is Canto and his disability. The Psy are known for removing those that aren’t perfect. It was a pleasant surprise to learn about him and see that his family, the Mercant’s, never saw him as less. It’s a powerful read and/or listen.
Singh’s writing is one of my favorites. She builds the world and characters bring out all the details and never skimping. The world has and still continues to blossom.
Audio: Angela Dawe continues to impress me with her voices. I was captivated from begging to end and enjoyed listening to Last Guard. The voices are distinctive and unique. The pace is consistent. I highly recommend the audiobook!
Last Guard was a compelling listen. I loved returning to the world and I look forward to the next installment. You can never go wrong with a Nalini Singh Psy-Changeling book.
Rated: 4.5 Stars
Two weeks I have this arc awaiting me on my kindle shelves.
Two weeks I turned around it, telling me I have other books to read before this one, but it keeps calling me. And after last month hectic reading schedule, trying to catch up after my list of books to read without being late, as I hate being late, I felt in could reward myself with this one!
There was no way I could let this book wait one more day.
So here I am, the cliché picture of a Sunday’s reader, on the couch with a blanket, a cup of warm tea, my kitty not far.
I know my opinion is probably rather biased as this is probably one of my favorite series, but I so love how the author explore her universe by adding new pieces at a time to expand her casts of characters and the complexity of the main and background plots.
I read one of two reviewers saying this book as a taste of Heart of Obsidian, I can see why but my first impression leaned toward Shards of Hope.
While they are different characters, older characters, I found a bit of Zaira and Aden in Canto and Payal’s story, childhood friends who forged an inalterable bond of sweet memories as young kids, until they meet again decades later. With a dangerous alpha heroine and a kindhearted hero.
Here stops the similarities.
Two damaged beings with a common traumatic experience that bound them forever until they were torn apart by those who brought them together.
Both have haunted the lost dreams of the worst part of their painful childhood. And while they have bonded through a difficult time, the memories they made are what keeps them going.
Their upbringing was far different, Canto has found the support he needs to face his impediments, while Paya entered a den of sharks, all ready to shred her to nothing.
Yet in the back of their mind, they both kept the image of the other.
Their reunion is an unexpected surprise for both, but with it comes with a price as while Canto wants nothing that to explore their old friendship, Paya has to pay a heavy tribute to the little girl she was to survive.
Canto is the shadow of the Merchant clan, no one sees him but he knows close to everything, he is respected and loved, his limitations not seen as thus or even imperfections.
Merchants never give up, and least at all their children.
Paya is rather the opposite, she is the public figure behind the actual success in her family’s business. A Wolf among monsters. She had to hide her true self behind walls of steel if she wanted to last, each minute is a battle as the beasts she lives with only await her one mistake to pounce.
An other wondrous read, as we learn more about a rather new designation, with its new group of characters. Plus I loved to revisit old friends and some more recent, like the entertaining and full of spunk StoneWater pack.
I finished my reading late last night, else I would have been unable to sleep correctly so glued I was to the words flowing in front of me. I walked in a daze all morning but with this feeling of satiety, when you are exhausted but happy.
So it is of course a well deserved 5 stars.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen lovemaking scenes.
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When this arrived I basically shoved my TBR aside to read it and I'm not one bit sorry about it! We are 20 books into this series (5 within this series arc) and I am still so massively invested in this world and the people in it. Ms. Singh has created such a rich and diverse world and I will continue to follow along for however long she will write them.
One of Nalini's talents is to immediately make me connect to the new characters being focused on in each story within the series. She did the same here. Within 50 pages I was in love with Payal and Canto and they had such chemistry. She established their backstories and connections almost instantly while also letting us know just where things stand within the larger plot of what's happening with the Psy race.
Another aspect that keeps me coming back to this series is Ms. Singh's incredible world building. Being this many books in, I'm still fascinated with how she can come up with even more ways to expand this world both socially and emotionally. The over arching plot of what is happening with the Psy race continues to fascinate me and I loved the direction she has taken it in with this installment.
In my opinion Nalini Singh is the Queen of paranormal romance, and if you're a fan of this genre, then you really need to add her books to your shelves!
These two come together because their race, the psi, is in critical danger, the pysicic 'biofeedback' system that keeps the psi alive has a foundation that is supported by psi of a designation 'A' for Anchors. However, less and less Anchors are surviving childhood, so the foundations of the psi race are becoming unstable. Add that to the damage historically done to the upper regions and attacks of various power hungry pychopaths, and extinction of the psi race looks imminent. But Canto has a plan to save the A's and therefore the psi. He needs Payal Rao to help him.
The world building by Nalini Singh is clever - it's a rich and fascinating world of changelings, psi and humans. Care for the planet's health is guarded - a world I would love to live in. Nalini Singh, as always, draws in an international cast of characters and races, with reflections of politics and prejudices displayed between 'species' in an interesting mirror of today's society. Her characterisation is second to none: they're richly drawn and it's easy to cheer them on or loathe the bad guys. Even Canto's neighbours, the rich and powerful bear clan changelings are a joy to read about because of their quirkiness - but are not to be underestimated. They are a rich and powerful clan in their own right, and have adopted the reluctant Canto into their clan.
There are many twists and turns in this story and the pacing is good, with exciting moments of danger and darkeness which are ofset by those of charm and laughter and the politicking shenanigans that goes on.
I didn't give Last Guard five stars because while I liked the two main characters, I couldn't buy into their passion. I like that Nalini Singh challenges the concept of physical perfection and mental health - concepts that need to be addressed. It might just be me, but I couldn't see Payal and Canto as a couple, although their romance is beautifully told.
The whole story of Last Guard, the families involved, and saving the psi race is exciting, and I love the chance to 'visit' with favourite characters from previous novels, like Kaleb Krychek (I'm a total fan), the Mercants and even Valentin's bear clan charmed me. I still thoroughly enjoyed the read and you will too.
I wasn't sure when I began reading this one, as I generally prefer the changelings, so I didn't expect to love a romance with two Psy. Thankfully, I was wrong. Canto is not very Psy-like, which helps.
Nalini Singh's real gift is in creating rich and diverse characters and the wonderful relationships between them. And not just the main romantic relationship, but the different connections between various characters. In this book alone, we have the complicated relationship between Canto and Payal as he works to gain her trust alongside the bond created in childhood. But we also have Canto's relationship with the "damn bears". Despite his grumbling, his affection for the bear clan comes through loud and clear from his interactions with several bears and also the adorable exchanges with a couple of small bear cubs. Then we have Ena Mercant's fierce affection for Canto. Kaleb's relationship with Sahara, and also his connection with Payal as like recognises like. We have Silver's relationships with Canto and Arwen. Each relationship is different and compelling.
These books are not clean, exactly, but neither are they over the top. It's the emotional connections between characters that make these books truly special.
I liked that Canto was in a wheelchair, as it made him a little different, especially in a world where Psy are expected to be perfect. His strong but kind personality was attractive, and I was rooting for him and Payal throughout the book. We also had a backdrop of trouble in the PsyNet and Payal's issues with her family.
This book was a joy to read from start to finish. I'm looking forward to the next one.